Panchratni dal; a mixture of five dals, delicious and nutritious. The best way a dal can be served. Another best part it its very easy to cook. Just give it a try.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 to 5

  • 1/4 cup chana dal (split Bengal gram)
  • 1/4 cup urad dal (whole black lentils)
  • 1/4 cup moong dal (split green gram)
  • 1/4 cup arhar dal (split yellow lentil)
  • 1/4 cup masoor dal (split red lentil)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp ghee or oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin (jeera) seeds
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds (optional)
  • 4 to 5 fresh curry leaves
  • 1-inch ginger (finely chopped)
  • 3 garlic pods (finely chopped)
  • 1 large onion (paste)
  • 1 large tomato (paste)
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves

Preparation Instructions:

  • Pressure cook the five dals (lentils and grams) with 4 cups water and turmeric powder for 5 whistles.
  • Heat oil or ghee in a big wok and add cumin seeds, mustard seeds (optional) and curry leaves to the oil. Let the seeds splutter and turn brown.
  • Now, add ginger and garlic. Fry them for a minute.
  • Add onion paste and fry it till the colour become golden. Add tomato puree, salt and red chilli powder. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • At last, add cooked dal, mix well and cook it for 5 minutes on low flame. Remove it from stove.
  • Garnish it with fresh coriander leaves before serving. Enjoy panchratni dal with roti or rice.

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